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Phyllis Ann ConnellPassing: October 24, 2022


Bass Cemetery

Graveside Service

Saturday, October 29th @ 2:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Friday, October 28th @ 4:00pm-7:00pm


Bass Cemetery

Saturday, October 29th

MITCHELL – Phyllis Ann Connell, 77, passed away Monday, October 24, 2022.

Born April 8, 1945, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Ishmael C. and Lena (Jones) Foddrill.  She was the granddaughter of Reverend Delmar and Ella (Swango) Foddrill, and Evert and Mae Jones.  Phyllis married Robert L. Connell November 29, 1963 and he survives.

Phyllis graduated from Mitchell High School in 1963 and she had been employed at Mitchell Community Schools since 1978.  She was raised in the Pentecostal church.  She was a weekly follower of Joel Osteen and liked to watch Gaither gospel videos.  Phyllis loved spending time with her family, shopping with her daughter, and going to her grandsons’ sporting events.

Surviving are her husband, Robert L. Connell of Mitchell; daughter, Kathi Root of Bloomington; grandsons, Kyle Root and Cody Root of Bloomington; and brother, Kenny (Pat) Foddrill of Bedford.

Her parents; grandparents; and brothers, Charles Foddrill, Wayne “Bill” Foddrill, and Robert “Bob” Foddrill preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Bass Cemetery with Brother Jerry Allen officiating.  Burial will follow.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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24 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Mona Stroud | Paoli, Indiana
    Date: November 15, 2022
    This is for Bob Connell. I’m so sorry to hear about your wife passing away. Brenda Nicholson just sent me a message when they saw her obituary on Chastain’s Funeral Home page. She was so sweet and funny. I’ll always remember how we met and the good laugh we had! Will keep you in my prayers.
  2. Guest: Melanie Hughes | Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: October 31, 2022
    It was a blessing to get to know you and Phyllis. She was lovely and such a joy to know. So sorry for your loss.
  3. Guest: Dena Tolbert Fortner | Bloomington, IN
    Date: October 30, 2022
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Her laughter was contagious. She was a good person and will be missed. Although our paths didn’t cross much in later years, I’ve known her for over 50 years. Every time I did run into her, it was as if we had stayed current. Sad…
  4. Guest: Kathy (Green)Baker | Santa Fe, Texas
    Date: October 28, 2022
    Mr. Connell and Kathi, My deepest condolences to you both for your loss. Prayers of peace for you all. Kathy Baker
  5. Guest: Rhonda Dumond | Springville
    Date: October 28, 2022
    I am very sorry for your loss! Prayers for Bobby and Kathy and the entire family.
  6. Guest: Becky Skillman | Bloomington, IN
    Date: October 28, 2022
    Our thoughts and prayers are with husband Bob, brother Kenny and the entire family. May your faith, family and many friends help you through the sorrow. Becky Foddrill Skillman Trudy Foddrill Wagner
  7. Guest: Cheryl (Tolbert) Burja | Ocala, Florida
    Date: October 28, 2022
    My deepest condolences to Bob and Kathi and the rest of Phyllis' family. Phyllis was one of my best friends in high school. We were in the same 1963 graduating class at MHS. I know she will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.
  8. Guest: Todd Clark | Laguna Niguel CA
    Date: October 27, 2022
  9. Guest: Sarah Houchin Jennings | Bedford In
    Date: October 27, 2022
    There are some people God puts in our lives that we never forget. The day my brother Paul drown, Phyllis picked me up at a friend’s house to take me to the scene where they were searching for Paul. She then took me to the hospital to reunite with my family. I will never forget! Such a kind and loving human. Rest In Peace sweet lady.
  10. Guest: LaVona Donica | Tavares Florida
    Date: October 27, 2022
    Always a very nice girl. Sorry for your loss now Bob and family. Sending our prayers
  11. Guest: Linda Gass | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: October 27, 2022
    Phyllis was a great person to work with at Hatfield School; she was always ready to lead the kids out to recess, and I felt privileged to work with her. Prayers to Bob, Kathy and family.
  12. Guest: Glenda Ferguson | Paoli, Indiana
    Date: October 27, 2022
    Sympathy to Phyllis' family! She was such a loyal employee of Mitchell Schools.She also worked at J.C. Penney's at the Bedford mall and was so friendly. I can remember how much she loved her dogs! God be with you.
  13. Guest: Brad and Lee Purlee | Bedford, IN
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Sending love and prayers to the family…asking God to surround you with the love and comfort only He can give.
  14. Guest: John Hardman | Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Prayers and condolences to Bob and their family!🙏❤
  15. Guest: Keith Eckensberger | Cameron Park CA 95682
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Kenny so sorry for your loss. I met your sister when she was 4 years old. do you remember the Spring Mill Chalet ? Keith Eckensberger a member of the Cement Mixers
  16. Guest: Chris L Mannix | Bedford, IN
    Date: October 26, 2022
    So Sorry to hear this, Prayers to Coach and family.
  17. Guest: Mary Clouse Drury | Simpsonville, Kentucky
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
  18. Guest: Robert Jan and Donetta Tomlinson | Las Vegas, Nevada
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Phyllis was a lady who brought joy to our lives. Can't tell you the number of times we laughed together. No matter where we saw her she always said "hello" and chatted awhile. Thinking of family at this remembering time.
  19. Guest: Jill Morse | Mitchell, IN
    Date: October 26, 2022
    I will always remember good times with Phyllis at school. She was always very kind to me. I’m very sorry for your loss. Jill
  20. Guest: Byron Tow | Bloomington, In
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Sorry to hear another classmates passing. Condolences to Bob and Kathi.
  21. Guest: Jason Connell | Jeffersonville, In
    Date: October 26, 2022
    I can still picture her at Grandmas at Thanksgiving sitting at the table laughing at something silly Jo Anne or my dad said!
  22. Guest: Jetta Williams Jenkins | Bedford In 47421
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Sorry to hear of Phyllis passing. Remembering good times of growing up with Phyllis on Old Hwy 37.
  23. Guest: Mary Lagle | Mitchell, IN
    Date: October 26, 2022
    Bob and Kathi, so very sorry. Gerry and Pauline Lagle
  24. Guest: Suzi Connell Wilson | Bedford Indiana
    Date: October 26, 2022
    My most sincere condolences.